The American Writer and the European Tradition

By: Editor-Margaret Denny, William H. Gilman

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No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. Gently read. . . . . . . . . . . The 12 essays in this volume bring a new point of view to the study of American liturature. There are three major themes which connect the essays: What was the American writer's original heritage of European ideas? What ideas, moods, manners in American writers were indigenous, or mostly so, to America? And finally, what has been the influence of American liturature in Europe? . . . . . . . . . . . . . 'There are essays in this volume by Clarence Gohdes, Theodore Hornberger, Leon Howard, Alfred Kazin, Harry Levin, Norman Holmers Pearson, Henry Nash Smith, Robert E. Spiller, Willard Thorp, Lionel Trilling, Stanley T. Williams, Louis B. Wright. The essays consider three major questions, the American writer's heritage of European ideas- the question of which ideas, moods, manners in American writers were primarily indigenous to America, and thirdly, the influence of American Literature in Europe. I read with special interest the Thorpe essays on 'American Writers as Critics of Nineteenth Century Society' in which he focuses on Emerson's development in moving from the purely transcendental to the political, and also surveys the views of Melville, Thoreau, Whitman and finally Twain. I also found Robert E. Spiller's essay on Benjamin Franklin as promoter of useful knowledge, an especially insightful one.' -- Shalom Freedman

Title: The American Writer and the European Tradition

Author Name: Editor-Margaret Denny, William H. Gilman

Categories: Reference/Essays,

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Book Co.: 1964

ISBN Number: B0011GB9G6

Size: Soft Cover

Book Condition: Used - Very Good

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